Year Zero Labs is a social impact incubator aimed at growing student-led startups 

Get paid to launch your big idea

SERVICES

Kick Start Your Startup

 
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Build Your Next Big idea

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Keep All Your Equity, Get Paid, and Receive a Co-op Credit

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Additional Staffing Help

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Gain Mentorship

Eligibility Requirements

Be a student that is Canadian, Permanent Resident or Refugee 

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Committed to 20 - 40+ Hours a Week 

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Have an Idea That Might Change the World

 
 

WHAT TO EXPECT

All fellows must attend boot camp, the monthly summits, achieve their established milestones, and successfully launch to receive payment

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Startup Bootcamp

Begin the term strong by learning key entrepreneurial skills 

Mentorship

Access to business development experts, brand strategists, web and product designers, social media marketing specialists, operations experts and more

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Launch Day

Launch your solution at the end of the term

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Monthly Summits

Monthly Summits led by industry mentors on topics for how you can grow your idea

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APPLICATION PROCESS

Quick 2-Step Process

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Apply

The application is designed to take up to 15 minutes. Apply here!

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Interview

Complete our 5-question recorded interview. If you are applying as a team, select one person to do the interview

 
 

MENTORSHIP

Meet the Team

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Kunal Gupta

CEO

University of Waterloo Alumni | BASc Software Engineering Founder & CEO of Polar

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Kaejon Misuraca

Brand Designer 

Award-winning senior brand designer

Looka, Bookmark

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Jenn Louie

COO

Ex-Google, Facebook, Meetup

Founder & CEO of Kinvite

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Ziad Saab

Software Development Director

20+ years of software development experience

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Evan Ross

Operations Director

University of Waterloo Alumni | MMSc Management Science

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Cristian Marquez

Software Development Lead

12+ years of software development experience | Electronic engineering

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Matt Crenshaw

Sales and Marketing Director

10+ years as a Digital Media and Software Executive

CMO and President of Polar

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Kacey Fu

Product Mentor

Microsoft Search & AI | Ex-Unity, CertiK

MediumLinkedIn

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Sophie Lemieux
Social Media and Digital Marketing Mentor

Marketing and Product Consultant at Critical Strategies

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TESTIMONIALS

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Hannah Clinton

Out of da Closet

Working with Year Zero Labs has been an amazing experience where I can work on my own startup and receive the help I need through unique and helpful mentorship. It has helped me grow my business and set me up for a successful future! I highly recommend this program for anyone looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to expand your startup and grow as an entrepreneur.
 

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CONTACT

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